Texas Cattlemen –Watch for Ticks

SAN ANTONIO – Beef cattle producers should be observant when conducting annual health vaccination protocols on their cattle, according to Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service.
Though not a statewide threat, the fever tick has resulted in some herds in far South Texas
to be subject to a quarantine zone. This topic, as well as proper vaccination protocol and
techniques, were discussed at the recent Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers

Association Convention in San Antonio. Beef cattle producers should be observant when conducting annual health vaccination protocols on their cattle, according to Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service experts. (“Surveillance is key,” said Dr. Joe Paschal, AgriLife Extension livestock specialist in Corpus Christi. “We want to enlist veterinarians and ranchers to be more observant of ticks on cattle.

These fever ticks tend to prefer soft tissue along the dewlap, brisket, forearm and back in the flank area. He went on to say that 99% of ticks would be the common type, but the fever ticks must be watched for and isolated cases identified and isolated.